The fall of Bill Cosby complete. (Almost)

7 months ago Ricardo Hylton 0

Bill Cosby appeared in court on charges of sexual misconduct on Wednesday, for allegedly drugging and violating Andrea Constand in 2004. She is one of dozens of women to have put her name to accusations of sexual abuse, harassment and attempted abuse against Bill Cosby.

The comedian and his lawyers have long denied the allegations, renewed interest in which have led to the cancellation of his stand-up tour and of his planned NBC sitcom, as well to a host of universities, Disney World and other institution withdrawing honours and distancing themselves.

Who To Be Trust and Love

Bill Cosby, the comedian and entertainer once known as “America’s dad”, allegedly drugged and violated a woman who considered him to be her mentor.

Since the flood of accusers reached a tipping point in late 2014, Cosby’s fall from beloved comedian to alleged criminal has been rapid and significant. That fall was made clear with a dramatic finger-point early in assistant district attorney Kristen Feden’s opening statements.

“Trust, betrayal, and the inability to consent. That’s what this case is about,” Feden said.

“This is a case about a man, this man,” she said, pointing at Cosby, “who used his power, and his fame, and his previously practiced method of placing a young trusting woman in an incapacitated state so that he could sexually pleasure himself so that she couldn’t say no.”

Feden detailed how Cosby gave Constand three pills that incapacitated her and then sexually assaulted her at his home.

Yet she also emphasized that the defendant isn’t just some person. It is Bill Cosby.

“The man sitting accused of very heinous crimes is a man that many of us recognize,” she said.

Blind Man Walking

“I felt really humiliated and I was really confused,” she said, wiping tears from her eyes. “I just wanted to go home.”

Cosby, who is now legally blind and walks with a cane, has largely sat quietly at the defense table.

During Constand’s testimony, though, he was expressive in his physical movements. He lowered his head and shook it several times in apparent disagreement. He leaned his head on his hand and shook it more.

Cosby’s statements to police in 2005 and in a civil deposition in 2006, in which he said his sexual contact with Constand was consensual, have been read aloud to the jury.